5.2 A. Research and Evaluations


The Complexities of the Religious Response to Domestic Violence: implications for faith-based initiatives

Pyles, L. (2007)

Drawing on data from a study conducted in Wyoming about the community response to domestic violence, this article focuses on an unanticipated finding: how religion is paradoxically both a source of assistance and a barrier to women surviving domestic violence.

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Praying for Peace: domestic violence and faith communities roundtable report

Greater London Authority (2006)

This report arose from a round table event for faith leaders held in London in 2005. The event provided the opportunity of beginning dialogue between the London domestic violence sector and faith communities where expertise could be shared and future possibilities building on existing good practice could be explored.

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‘Anything with Two Heads is a Monster’: religious leaders' perspectives on marital equality and domestic violence

Levitt, H. M. and Ware, K. (2006)

Religious leaders from Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths were interviewed about their understanding of the intersection of intimate partner violence (IPV) and religion. This article explores the leaders’ understanding of how relationship dynamics relate to IPV, focusing particularly on concepts of equality and submission. Tensions between leaders’ desire to salvage marriages and to protect victims are explored.

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Clergy Response to Domestic Violence: a preliminary survey of clergy members, victims and batterers

Rotunda, R. J. et al. (2004) [Abstract]

This exploratory study is from the perspectives of 47 female victims and 70 male perpetrators of domestic violence. Forty-one clergy members from various denominations were also surveyed about their contacts with those seeking help for domestic violence. The service-related implications of these clergy contacts from victim, perpetrator and clergy perspectives are discussed.

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